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Price Increase July 1st 2018

Hi friends! This is the post I’ve been putting off writing for about a year and currently have a knot in my stomach about writing but it must be done. I’ve thought .. well, if I sell more dolls or maybe next month things be okay (things being financial)  and in my optimistic way that this ‘tightness’ would ease up – but it’s not. I finally got a book keeper to work with me (I’ve been through several who don’t want to tackle my business model with all the sewing mamas, PayPal issues, etc) and she delivered dire news on how things are going. My costs have gone up significantly and we aren’t covering costs with the current prices .. everything just keeps going up and up and individually I don’t think are too much but all together it’s hurting the business. Supplies, rents, utilities, insurance, etc, etc – it’s crazy. I don’t want to go on and on about it but I feel like I have a different kind of relationship with you all and want you to know the real deal. I have no choice at this point but to increase the price of the dolls.

I was looking back on my history of price increases and realized that back in 2012 I was charging 250USD .. which is now $324CAD for a Sitting Friend. Forward to 6 years and I’m charging almost $50 less per doll. I made a huge mistake in putting my pricing to CAD – so I went from $250 USD to $250 CAD – and didn’t really think things through as well as I should have three years ago. You all don’t need to know this and I should just be direct but I hate for anyone to think I’m overcharging or gouging .. this is a sore spot for me from doing years of markets and having people balk at my pricing without really knowing what goes into them.

In each doll there’s 10 hours of labour and love, western Canadian sourced wool, hand dyed and hand spun yarns in their hair (which lately is incredible by Andrea and Leola), hand embroidered faces,  hand sewn hair, wee shoes and underpants sewn and so much more. I peruse online and local fabric shops trying to find the very best and whimsical fabrics for dressing – nothing but the very best for these dolls. Because when you invest all that time and love into something and know it’s going to be someone’s very special doll then we make sure every detail is thought through.  We have 32 women (and one guy) working on these dolls with skill creating them the same way I did 15 years ago .. but better, way, way better 😉

So, my prices will be the following as of July 1st 2018 .. taking it back to 2012 😉 In CAD funds 🙂

Sitting Friends will be $315 (all that art yarn!)
Cuddle Dolls will be $215
Baby Dolls will be $215
Little Buddies will be $175
Forever Friends will be $395
Kit’s will be $105

Clothing will also be going up marginally as well. Shipping will stay the same.

Okay, there we have it, the post I’ve been putting off for a very long time is done. Thank you all SO much – really – my heart is so thankful and grateful for all of you and your doll love and friendship over the years. We could not do this without you! My heart is full.


And the amazing Nan, whom many of you know from our community group (come join!) has been really helping me through this and wrote me these words which touch in on conscious buying. Which I firmly believe is how we are shaping our lives and future know – the adage voting with dollars has never been more important than now. (these are her words and some from an article in the latest issue of Breathe magazine (Issue 12) titled “The art of mindful curating” that discusses a connection between your purpose and purchasing.

Today, many of us are trying to live with a purpose. This is not an easy task for most people.

  We all wonder from time to time what our purpose is while on this earth, what our purpose is each day even.

  More and more of us are beginning to connect our life purpose — which changes as we grow, as do our values do — with our purchasing patterns.

 What we purchase, who we purchase from, how it is made, who it made by, is it durable, is it timeless, how soon is it destined for a landfill, can it be used and valued if I no longer need it — these are all questions to consider when making a purchase.

 Particularly as we age, or when we welcome children into our lives, we begin to think carefully about the ways in which what and how we purchase impact ourselves, others, and the environment presently, and in the future.

 We know that we do not take anything we buy with us when we go. The average life expectancy is around 80 years, while the life of our belongings is centuries long. Reminding ourselves of this, we find an opportunity to become a steward for generations to come; the generation that may contain the children you love, and their children, too.

 Being a steward is both an act and a mindset.

 The act is simple: buy things that are worthy of being handed down and made in a way that allows them to stand the test of time, and take care of them with a view to pass them along. Future generations can benefit from the purchasing choices you make now, even when an object is not passed on to family.

 When your purchasing patterns align with living a life of purpose, recognizing that our time on earth is limited, and in considering future generations, your ego becomes less involved. And when ego is taken out of the equation, people tend to do things that make them truly happy. I believe this mindset is evidenced in many  Bamboletta customers who give often and freely to others within, and outside of our doll community. For many of us, purchasing from Bamboletta has been a gateway to understanding the value of well and ethically made product.

Many people argue that when their consumer action and mindset change in this way, it is actually cost saving. Yes, it is true that what we buy, when it is fairly and ethically made “may” cost more, though what one notices that when you begin to buy this way, you buy less of things in a category — they are less disposable and/or last longer, even a lifetime (think cast-iron), said another way, less “throwaway and/ortradable”, less wasteful (think food…when you buy more costly organic or non gmo versions, or remove a food item completely you waste less or save money through no longer buying).

When you buy and do things for others and with your community in mind, it nourishes in a way that buying purely for oneself doesn’t. It transfers to other products we buy, everything for household cleaning products, furniture, fabrics, clothing, children’s playthings, even the kinds of vehicles we buy.

Oh, Nan .. thank you for these words. xoxo

Jeanne Flaman - June 12, 2018 - 6:48 am

Your heartfelt announcement truly made me feel how tough and right your decision was. I appreciate as a Canadian that your price is in Canadian dollars. You have a Canadian company and I personally don’t feel the need to price in US dollars as many groups do. It says to me “proudly Canadian”. To the whole community that make the dolls your value can’t even begin to be shown in dollars. I know you make each part of the doll with a piece of your heart which is priceless.
Thank you so much Christina for starting this doll making and making it possible for us to share them with those we love.
Jeanne F.

admin - June 12, 2018 - 3:40 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words, Jeanne. xo

Rebecca Jennison - June 15, 2018 - 12:06 pm

To my dear friend Christina –
Our family has loved Bamboletta for more than 8 years. As an accountant and a former auditor, your decision is authentic, justified, and resonable. You are an amazing employer and designer. You care about the people who work for you and for the gorgeous dolls and products you make. Your precious creations have been with my children through the best and worst of times. There is just no price tag on that. The scent of a Bambo doll sends my sweet 11 year old straight to dreamland….
You have my support. I am so proud to ‘know’ you, share a birthday with you (he he! Sept 2nd!, and call you a friend of our family. So much of your heart lives in Rhode Island with us – and always will.

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Happy New Year and a Little Update!


Hi friends!

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a holiday break .. we had a lovely few days off. The boys and I had some much needed downtime. I go a bit full on in December with the dolls so it was nice to catch my breath.

I am SO excited about 2018. For the first time ever, we made a plan. Like a year long what is happening when kinda plan. I want to shift our focus a little over to clothing and theme kind of stuff .. so, like at the end this month is International Pie Day (no joke!) so we created these super cute cooking sets with oven mitts, an apron and a chef hat and they are RIDICULOUSLY cute. So, with this theme we will have a colouring page, our newsletter full of pie recipes and then this sweet little upload with the sets available. My Virgo self LOVES this sort of thing. This way we have these fun things to play around with and chat about in our community through the whole year.

So, talking community, I’d like to touch base a little on our social media platforms. I swear these weird Facebook algorithms are making it harder and harder for our customers to see what’s going on on our page. I was all excited about Instagram a few years ago, but since being taken over by Facebook, they too do this weird non chronological thing and make things harder for my customers to see what I post. So, why am I telling you this, well, I’d like to ask for your help. If you see one of our posts, please ‘Like’ it, or if you feel so inclined, leave a comment! If a post is especially cute it helps us a bunch if you ‘Share’ it. Tagging your friends on our Instagram is pretty amazing for us too.

I want to thank everyone for all the incredible doll love! Seeing all the doll and child pics over the holidays really just makes my heart sing. Not a day goes by that I don’t think I am one of the luckiest people on earth to get to do this for a living.



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Thank you

I wanted to say thanks for all your well wishes as I embark on the next step in my journey. Reading all your comments, texts and emails has made me feel unstoppable. I really can feel all of your support, love and well wishes – it makes me know I can do this and it’s going to be freaking amazing.

You gals, what can I say? So much love for you all. Really. What we do here is so different then something like just selling shirt or whatever. It feels unique. There is a love and a bit of magic that connects us through the dolls – I really believe it. I don’t know if it’s because of how long the doll takes to make or the natural materials absorb something special, but there is something pretty cool about the ‘life’ of a handmade doll. Maybe, you think I’m crazy. Well, as Jimi Hendrix said in one of my most favorite quotes ever ..

The past few weeks felt like a choice to me. Either I go down a vortex of self pity and shutting down or I go this way. I have to admit, that vortex of self pity can feel pretty good sometimes – like an itch you know you shouldn’t scratch. Especially when you are tired and stressed. I’m so thankful to have the support around me to be able to zoom out and see opportunity and wonderful surprises in what looks like a catastrophe. You gals out there are a HUGE part of why I’m able to see things the way I do and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I’m full o quotes lately and this one really fits the bill tonight …


ILENE CHALMERS - March 23, 2015 - 6:53 am

Absolutely love the Hendrix quote. Definitely words to live by. The Cherokee legend story is spot on. 🙂

Judy Tucker - March 23, 2015 - 10:19 am

So glad you didn’t let the vortex suck you in, Christina! Your offering fewer Bamboletta dolls is much better than not having any new friends available for adoption. So glad your doll creating staff still have jobs and that you and your family get to enjoy being together in the big city! Great choices! : )

carla - March 25, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Christina, I have not been a part of your world for very long, but reading all of your sites and looking at all the photos and seeing the smiles on all the faces of each and every person that you deal with proves beyond a doubt what a wonderful person you are. I can not imagine how hard this decision was for you but I am so glad that you have the support you need for making it and making it work afterwards. And if you ever decide that you wanna keep moving south then come on down to my area in WV and we could get together another sewing family of ‘sewing mama’s” But while you are still up north, I wish you all of the good luck and best wishes possible. I love this picture of you, you kinda look like your Bamboletta’s, don’t ya think? Sweet smile, bright eyes yep i think so…lol. sending good thoughts, carla

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